Panthers center Ryan Kalil took out an ad in the Charlotte Observer back in July. Fans made an ad of their own today. (Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)

Panthers fan bashes team in newspaper ad

Published On December 17, 2012 | By Meredith Perri

The Charlotte Observer has enjoyed its fair share of football advertisements this year. Back in July, Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil purchased an ad in the paper telling fans that the team would win it all this season.

“You’ll ignore what you hear and break through anything that stands in your way. Because you see what’s at the end of this… Victory,” Kalil wrote in the advertisement, according to NBC Sports. “One hundred-percent sterling silver victory. The Lombardi trophy. And it reads: CAROLINA PANTHERS — SUPER BOWL XLVII CHAMPIONS!”

With the team sitting at a not-so-pristine 5-9 on the season, a few fans have purchased an ad with their own message — a nice complaint geared toward Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.

The full-page ad, which is signed by the group “Perturbed Panthers PSL Owners Federation,” complains about how even with the team losing, Richardson continues to make money. As is pointed out by Darin Gantt of NBC Sports, there is not indication, however, whether this ad was purchased by a group of people or “two guys in tin-foil hats.”

The ad also complained about former general manager, Marty Hurney, who was already fired, and coach Ron Rivera.

“His clock management would be a mystery even to the Swiss,” the ad said of Rivera.

Looks like congratulations are in order for Kalil, as he clearly gave fans a new way to vent and helped pay for the Charlotte Observer for the next week or so.

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Meredith is a junior journalism student at Boston University. She has covered nearly every sport for The Daily Free Press, BU’s independent student newspaper, but mainly writes about women’s hockey. Meredith has also covered Major League Baseball as an intern with SNY and Follow her on Twitter at @mere579.